News & History

Week in Clark County History: Sept. 11-17

For the Week in Clark County History, we combed through bound copies of the Daily Siftings Herald, housed in the archives of Riley-Hickingbotham Library at Ouachita Baptist University. We choose some front-page news from editions dating back 10, 15 and 20 years ago.

10 years ago in Clark County

Sept. 11, 2012
Justices of the peace began talks of a millage increase because of financial woes with the county’s coffers.

Sept. 12, 2012
Colby Daniell, 9, posed next to a 375-pound pumpkin as the winner of the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In at the Clark County Fair. Asked by a reporter the trick to growing such large gourds (it wouldn’t be the first or last time he took home a blue ribbon), Daniell grinned and replied, “horse poop.”

Sept. 13, 2012
Community members gathered in the Honeycomb parking lot that evening as artist Dave Loewenstein projected an image onto the wall that would become a prominent downtown mural.

Sept. 14, 2012
Ouachita Baptist University reported an enrollment of 1,532 students, while across the ravine Henderson reported 3,773 students.

Sept. 17, 2012
Arkadelphia High School reported it had beat the state average on ACT test scores in every category.

15 years ago in Clark County

Sept. 11, 2007
Justices of the peace approved then-County Judge Ron Daniell’s recommendations in naming the five original members of the Economic Development Corp. of Clark County: Conner Eldridge, Euodias Goza, Becky Jester, Frances Nelson and Randy Sorrells.

Georgia-Pacific halted production at its Gurdon plant for the second time that year due to a decrease in demand for plywood. A total of about 400 employees were affected by the temporary layoffs.

Sept. 12, 2007
There were 33 dogs in 17 pens at the Arkadelphia city pound. Of those, 19 were pit bulls or mixes.

Sept. 13, 2007
The county’s Office of Emergency Management was called to aid in the cleanup of a collision involving two 18-wheelers near the 61 mile-marker of Interstate 30, as laundry detergent from one of the loads had spilled onto the roadway.

Sept. 14, 2007
The city planning commission heard opposition from several residents regarding the development of what would become the Somersett Subdivision on Highway 8 West. A previous hearing at the county judge’s office attracted about 20 naysayers.

Sept. 17, 2007
Among the items removed from the annual DeGray Lake shoreline cleanup included sofas, mattresses and a crystal candle holder.

20 years ago in Clark County

Sept. 12, 2002
In response to the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Clark County Fair had a patriotic theme.

Two Arkadelphia men, ages 90 and 78, had died in separate tractor accidents on Sept. 5 and prompted a safety reminder about the operation of heavy machinery.

Sept. 17, 2002
Work was progressing at the Arkadelphia Aquatic Park. A photo showed workers preparing to pour its concrete foundation. The site of what would become the Recreation Center was pictured in the background.

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